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The Lion Roars It was pool heaven the last few days, September 20-24, 2017, at Dave Cole’s Carom Room in Beloit, WI. This year’s Fall Classic had three events - a sixteen player one pocket tournament, a sixteen player Saturday Night 10 Ball and the main event – the Fall Classic 10 Ball Championship. No jump cues were allowed in any of the three events. As usual, Dave Coles and his staff went out of their way to provide a first-class event for the players and fans. We want to thank them for their hospitality and also thank the event sponsors: Allied Games, Behnke Enterprises, Jacoby Cues, Valley Door and Diveney Cues. Thank you, all!!! PoolActionTV.com, as always, would like to thank our fans and sponsors for another top-notch stream with excellent commentary by Jeremy Jones and Larry Schwartz. Our sponsors include Steve Lomax of Lomax Custom Cues, John Barton of JB Cases, James Hanshew of Hanshew Custom Cues, Mike Durbin of Durbin Custom Cues, Simonis, Aramith, GoPlayPool.com, Kamui.

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Play started in the 10-Ball Main Event on Friday, September 22. A full field of 96 players put up their $150 entry fees in the main event. It was bar box 10-Ball, race to 9 with alternate breaks. The tournament chart was filled with names that any pool aficionado would recognize. First round action saw red hot John Morra defeating Chip Compton and Charlie Bryant over Shane McMinn with 25% of the field receiving first rounds byes. Second round saw it tightening up a bit with Skyler Woodward taking down fellow young gun Tyler Styer, Joey Gray over Brian Groce, Jeremy Jones over foreign phenom Can Salim and Jason Klatt sending Houston Open runner-up Devin Poteet west. Notable matches in the third round had Jones beating Klatt and saw two Wisconsin straight shooting legends battle it out - Jeff Carter took down Jayme Goodwin in a close match. The fourth round pitted Jayson Shaw over Jeff Carter with Shaw prevailing. Sharik Sayed sent Morra to the one loss side while Justin Bergman did the same to Alex Olinger. It wasn’t getting any easier in the fifth round. Jones and Bergman duked it

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out with Bergman taking the win. Other matches included Tony Chohan over Chad Elston, Shaw defeating Sayed and Jesse Bowman taking care of Alex Pagulayan. It was now down to the final twelve players with Shaw vs. Bowman and Chohan vs. Bergman being the final four on the winners’ side. Jayson motored out to a 6-2 lead until Bowman found his gear and took it down 9-7. Tony then defeated Justin 9-6 in the other quarter-final match. This set up the hot seat match with Tony defeating Jesse 9-5 and arriving undefeated to the hot seat. Jesse moved west to see who emerged from the pack for the semi-final. In the end, it came down to Alex and Jayson being the two remaining players on the one loss side of the chart. Alex was taking no prisoners as he knocked Jayson out of the running with a 9-5 score. This left Jayson with a well-deserved fourth place finish. The match for the other finals spot was a barnburner! Both Jesse and Alex wanted it badly and it finally climaxed at an 8-8 score. Alex secured the win leaving a very disappointed Jesse having to settle for a hard fought third place. Since this event was true double elimination, defending champion Alex would have to defeat Tony twice to claim the title. While both players made very few errors, Alex won the first set 9-5 forcing a second set. A determined Tony Chohan notched game after game and by what appeared to be the end of the match, led by a score of 8-3. Finally leaving his opponent a little daylight, Alex began grinding it out. Slowly and methodically, he tied it up at 8-8! One game for it all and it was Tony’s break! He smashed the balls but came up empty and the Lion roared to claim the title! What a finish!!! Tony played a great event while a determined Alex showed once again why he is a future Hall of Famer! Good tournament, Tony! And, congratulations to Alex for defending his Carom Room Fall Classic title!

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Saturday night, September 23, while the main event was in progress, saw sixteen players vying for the cheese in a $500 entry, race to seven, winner break bar box 10-Ball event. When the smoke cleared, there were two players remaining – Sky Woodward and Justin Bergman. Fans anticipated a real showdown between the two young guns. However, showing why he is widely considered to be the best bar box player in the country, Sky never gave Justin any air and cruised to a 7-0 victory. Congratulations to Sky for a well-played event! Good job, Justin!

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The Psychology of Pool OVERCOMING CHOKING! DR. CHRIS STANKOVICH Dr. Chris Stankovich, known as “The Sports Doc,” is a national expert in the field of sport & performance psychology and has been featured on ESPN for his work with elite athletes. His #1 best selling pool video “Mind of Steel: Mental Toughness for Pool Success” has been used by thousands of players to improve focus, increase confidence, and eliminate anxiety. You can learn more about Dr Stankovich and Mind of Steel by visiting drstankovich.com

“Choking” is when you know how to do something and have successfully have done it before, yet in pressure situations you fail because of a lack of focus and execution. In the game of pool choking is a common occurrence, especially during tournaments when it seems as though the table gets longer and the pockets become smaller. This month I would like to share with you why choking occurs, and what you can do to minimize choking the next time you play when the stakes are high! Choking always begins with fear. Interestingly, for human beings fear can be real (i.e. somebody shooting a gun at you), or irrational (worrying about what somebody might think if I miss this next shot). Regardless of the source (real or irrational), our bodies respond with anxiety in the same exact way. In other words, your body doesn’t care if it hears gun shots or is afraid of your opponent standing over the pool table – the physical anxiety (i.e. increased heart rate; tense, tight muscles; and shallow breathing are examples) will be experienced the same exact way!

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Once fear kicks into negative anxiety, your mind will begin to exclusively focus on the physical symptoms of nerves (the shallow breathing, increased heart rate, etc) instead of thinking about the shot you need to make on the table in front of you! From there, most players will start talking to themselves and say things like “don’t screw up,” or “don’t miss this next shot.” Guess what happens next? You got it – the shot is missed! Once your self-talk becomes negative and conservative, you are basically done (Don’t believe me? Try NOT thinking of as pink elephant and see what happens. Now go tell yourself NOT to miss

the next shot and see what happens). Once the shot is missed, the player usually experiences more negative energy, more fear, more anxiety, and in some cases the day may end up being lost completely. It’s amazing all this starts from fear – and irrational fear at that! Think about it – there is no real fear when playing pool, yet how many thousands and thousands of players allow their minds and bodies to experience fear as though they were in fear for their life?! Seriously, who cares about who you are playing or how many people are watching – they cant take the stick out of your hands and make you miss shots! If you want to minimize choking, try the following tips: • When you start getting nervous while playing, where is the fear coming from? Are you worried what somebody will think if you miss? Are you concerned who is watching you shoot? If you are feeling any of these kinds of things STOP immediately, stand up, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself you are experiencing irrational fear! • Breathing through your stomach is the best way to immediately calm your body down. Try taking 2-3 deep belly breaths and watch how your body responds – its pretty amazing. • Self-talk (what you say to yourself) is also a great way to refocus and remain calm in tough situations. Tell yourself words like “focus” or “stay cool” and your mind and body will respond accordingly. • Once you conquer fear, confidence will take over – leading you to synchrony between your mind and body, experiencing “the zone” more frequently, and positive self-talk (and more wins, too!).

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Back in the early 60’s, when I began playing pool, there wasn’t much help available. Mosconi had a little book out, and that was about it. Just like today, there were lots of great players around, but the unspoken attitude of that time was, “I ain’t tellin’ nobody nuthin’.” Many players felt that if they taught you their “secrets” you’d use that knowledge to take their money. Others felt that, since they had to work hard and had to make all the mistakes, if you didn’t earn your knowledge, you didn’t deserve it. You were supposed to learn by losing money to better players. Sharks and fish. Predator and prey. I’m happy to announce that those days are mostly gone. Today, we have good instructional books and videos, training and practice aids, and instructors and schools. Of course, they’re not all good. Like everything, some are good, some are extraordinary, and some are just plain wrong. But it’s possible now to get great help. Some players are blessed with terrific natural ability. They got good very quickly, and never understood what the problem with everyone else was. They saw angles; they saw ball paths; they clearly remembered shots they had seen before. They could take you through a shot by shot replay of a match they played two years ago. Not everyone is wired up this way. Sure, these players still had to go on and do the work—sink those million balls—to really pull themselves up to their personal potential. There is no escaping doing the work. Nobody just walks up and plays great from day one. But somehow, it came easier for them. This is the story of most pros. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of us it’s not that natural. It doesn’t come that easily. It’s not that obvious to us. We’re not full-time players, and we’re frustrated because, lately, we’re not getting better. We need an edge. The edge is available in several dimensions: superior fundamentals, clearer, better knowledge, more effective practice, engaged exposure to higher level play. We have only so much time and energy to devote to pool, and if we really want to get better, we’d better plan on devoting some of that time and energy to things that will improve our game. So what can we do? Read and watch good material. Be very picky about what you choose to believe from the materials you read and videos you watch.

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Great players are not necessarily great teachers. In fact, many great players have beliefs about what they’re doing that are completely wrong from a physics perspective. They can get whatever results they want on the table, but their belief about how they are doing it may not be true. Place your faith in the science types for why things work the way they do, and in the great players for how to play smart and how to win. But be skeptical. Practice the right things in the right way. Set aside small amounts of time to work on the worst parts of your game, and do it with all the focus you can bring to bear. Start with an easy version of what you’re working on and gradually make it more challenging, as you improve. Don’t practice failure. Make good use of training aids. Seeing yourself on video is usually a very surprising experience. Most players immediately see things that could be improved. Try working with a practice cue ball, and try to believe what it shows you. Work through drills that look promising. Find a good instructor. There is no substitute for hands-on help and guidance. Ask around. Instructors with advanced certifications usually have a lot of teaching experience, and they would not have gotten all that experience if they weren’t helping players get better. Good instructors have curriculums that take you through a planned series of learning and practicing in an organized way. If someone just wants to watch you hit some balls and then show you how they would have done it, you’re probably in the wrong place. Ask some questions and see whether their answers make sense to you. If you find a good instructor, it will be the best money you’ll ever spend on your game. Spending $600 on yet another new cue is not going to raise your game. Spending $600 on serious, proven instruction will make more difference than you can imagine—for the rest of your pool life! Engage your brain. Actively try to predict and understand what happens at the table. Watch the best players you can find. Think about why they make the choices they make, and how and why their shot-to- shot results are what they are. There is way more to this game than people think. You don’t know what you don’t know—and there’s a lot of it. We need every edge we can get. Make your learning time and your practice time count. The gains will eventually show up in your game.

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Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

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This month’s shot is another very useful one to know as the principle it is based on may help you win any pool game. Let’s suppose we have the 9-ball hanging in front of side pocket B. Our CB is by pocket D, at about one ball distance from the long rail and half ball from the pocket’s right point (the blue-dotted line). The lowest numbered Object Ball (the Red ball in the diagram) is situated in front of the CB, at about one ball + 1” from the long rail at the first diamond. We could try to slice the OB to the right and shoot a combo on the 9-Ball, but I can guarantee you that it would be easier and would give us a better chance of success to slice the OB to the left but, at the same time, use a lot of draw on the CB: use a smooth follow through, a 6-o’clock, 2.5 tips of English and a 2-speed stroke. The CB, after cutting the OB thin, will hit the rail and curve as a result of the backward spin. It will then proceed towards the 9-Ball and precede the OB, likely pocketing the 9-Ball before the latter can interfere with the shot. During trick shot competitions, it is indeed F mandatory to pocket both the 9-Ball and the OB in the same side pocket. Remember to not shoot too hard in order to give the time to the CB’s spin to grab. What a cute shot!

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Nine ball is sometimes criticized for being nothing but a “connect the dots” exercise, but many common situations require good pattern work and reward precise position play. Let’s find some easiest ways to run out. In the diagram your opponent has just scratched on the break so you have ball in hand. What is your first concern? Try to work through the rack before reading on and then see if our analyses match up. The first two balls are obvious. The 1 ball can go to A, B or C with a stop shot and you will have an easy shot on the 2 ball. This is your first chance to go wrong, or thinking more positively, make the run easy. The transition from the 3 to the 4 is not automatic. If you don’t move far enough from the 2 and leave yourself a cut to the right on the 3 ball, you need a hero shot to get on the 4 ball. If you go to far and leave a big cut to the left on the 3, it will be hard to hold the cue ball for the 4. This means that you should really work for ideal position on the 2 ball, not just an easy shot. The arrows show about the optimum angle for the 2 shot to move over to the three with a confidentspeed stun shot with a little draw. What’s the best way to get to that line? Make a choice before reading on. Playing the 1 ball to either pocket A or B is not unreasonable. A requires a few inches of controlled draw, while going to B is more or less the same stun shot you plan to play on the 2 ball. How about the follow shot to pocket C instead? Follow shots generally allow the best control of position, and if you choose the right cut angle for the 1 ball -- very slightly to the right -- you will have good shape on the 2 for a wide range of speeds. The shot to B would be my second choice because when the cue ball hits the 1 ball, it is already nearly on the desired position line. The shot to A has a problem with the stretch if you try to draw straight back and if you over draw it a little, you’ll be on the wrong side of the 2 and looking at long position or a long shot. What angle do you want on the 4 from the 3 ball? If your plan is to go to X to play the 5 in the corner, a 30-degree cut is about what you need. That would be roughly on a line from the 2. With a nearly full shot on the 3 just stun over to that line being careful to get past the 6. If you end up with more angle on the 3 to the point where trying to kill the cue ball is risky, go to the cushion and come out. If you make a mistake on the 3 and leave yourself straight on the 4, the bank on the 5 is as easy as banks get and position on the 6 is automatic. If you do get to the 6 the main thing to remember is to leave yourself enough angle on the 7 to get up the table for the 8. The most common mistake is to get nearly straight and the best way to recover is

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Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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If you’ve had butterflies while shooting the 9-ball, you’ve experienced performance anxiety! If you’ve had trouble going to sleep before an important match, you understand how it can control you. If you’ve ever started panicking during your warm-up strokes because you are afraid you will miss, you understand how it can seriously effect your match play. If you’ve ever rattled the 9-ball you’ve felt it’s daunting effects. But what exactly is performance anxiety and why does it exist? This article is going to take a look into the origin of anxiety, what the effects are, and how you can harness it’s energy it to help you play your best pool. What is anxiety? Generally speaking, anxiety is a reaction to some sort of stressor. If you don’t know the mental game techniques to control it, that emotional response can quickly cause: your heart to race, a loss of focus, fast breathing, tension in the muscles and sweating. As humans, we’ve developed responses to anxiety that have become engrained in us for over a million years. We evolved to to protect ourselves when something is threatening our lives. But, for some bizarre reason, that same response can be triggered today in a game of pool and can be quite challenging to deal with. And for most of us, it creates an even bigger challenge in a game that is already extremely difficult! What do you fear most in pool? It’s probably at least one of the following: • Losing to a weaker player (you’ve invested a lot of time into your practice, so you want to win when you should). • How others preceive your performance – (i.e. you have a big ego ) • Fear of failure (failing to meet your goals) • Fear of winning (self-sabotage puts you back in your comfort zone) What does anxiety do to you? • Anxiety can cause your hands to shake • Your game speeds up and so does your pre-shot routine • You make quick deceisive decisions instead of weighing all of your options carefully (shot selection) • You put the “death grip” on your cue The positive side of anxiety It turns out that there’s a “healthy side” to anxiety, one that drives us to win and become better players. A top pool player’s fear of failure is probably quite different than that of an amateur. Fear of failure to professional players doesn’t represent a loss

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of respect from their peers or what people will think of them. This anxiety is a healthy fear. It motivates them. If anxiety is controlled using proper stress management techniques, it can become a very powerful driver to success. Professional pool players want to win. They want to win major championships and see their names and photos in major publications. This is not because they derive their self-esteem from it, but because they are competitors and love the thrill of competition. If you can direct the physiological changes that occur during stress in a positive way, you will gain the ingredients for an extraordinary performance. Your perspective of the “stress” is that it’s a positive challenge, not a negative threat. Your senses are heightened and can be used to take your performance to an even higher level. For the world’s best players, pre-competition anxiety is almost a necessity for them to play their best game. Gaining control of your fears (getting to the root of the problem) To get control of your anxiety, you need to ask yourself some key questions: What do you fear? Why do you fear it? Most of us don’t really know why we are nervous. What is it you want out of pool? What motivates you to succeed? Do you gain your satisfaction from what other people think of you as a player? Is your success tied to your self-esteem, your status in the game and impressing others? If so, this is an unhealthy fear and you’re too emotionally involved in the game to reach your full potential. Ways to conquer performance anxiety in pool • What is the worst case scenario? There are far worse things that could happen to you in life than not playing well. • Look at failure as an opportunity to grow. • Figure out the unknowns, so there is less to fear. • Accept that it’s natural to feel anxious – it’s part of getting better. • Visualization – Imagine yourself in the situations you fear and visualize yourself succeeding. • Set short term goals and work on achieving them. Small incremental achievements might help you improve without creating too much pressure. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” No truer words were ever spoken. His advice can help you in difficult times. Learning to experience your primary emotions without resistance can help you weather all sorts of emotional storms that can occur during match play. The key is welcome anxiety into your game and use all of that added energy to your advantage.

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If it’s Labor Day weekend August 31-September4, 2017, players from all over the country converge on Skinny Bob’s in Round Rock, TX for the annual Texas Open. The event kicked off with a player’s auction. Five pool tournaments took place during the course of the five days, not including the minitournaments. Banks Ring Game (30 players Open division/12 players Women’s Division). After a long night, it came down to two players – Sky Woodward and David Henson. The young gun and the Texas legend decided to whack it up and call it a night, splitting $1995. Congratulations to both!

John Morra Double Dips to Win 2nd Consecutive Texas Open Open Division (128 players); $125 entry; $8000 added; Mosconi Cup Qualifier. Although John Morra was striving to repeat as champion, the strong competition wasn’t going to make it easy. Devin Poteet earned the hot seat by spiritly winning the hill-hill match against John Morra. After winning against James Davis, John came back to a rematch with Devin for the finals. John double-dipped Devin to win his second consecutive championship title. The main event drew a full field of 128 players. Young stars of the game like John Morra, Sky Woodward, Justin Bergman, Shane McMinn, Devin Poteet and Benny Conway Jr. went up against some great Texas talent like former US Open champ Jeremy Jones, Alex Calderon, James Davis Sr., James Davis Jr., Erman Bullard, Al Mason, David Henson, Barry Emerson, Charlie Bryant, Manny Chau and Ernesto Bayaua. There were plenty of intense matches over the next

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Champion John Morra few days and by Sunday night, it had come down to 32 players – 8 on the winner’s side and 24 on the loser’s side. After playing all day, the winner’s side came down to Ryan Lane duking it out with Devin Poteet in the upper half of the bracket and James Davis Sr. against John Morra in the lower half. Devin moved into the hot seat match 9-7 and John claimed a spot also – 9-6.

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Having come out of a self-imposed retirement a short time ago, Morra – or as his fans know him, “Mr. Smooth,” – had his hands full with young Devin Poteet – a man looking to make a statement. The match was a tight one and when the smoke cleared, it was a jubilant Devin that eked out the win – 9-8! Meanwhile, Jeremy Jones was battling the still-tough James Davis Sr. Strop took it down leaving JJ with a fourth-place finish. Moving on to face a determined John for a shot in the finals, James didn’t have much

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Devin Poteet & John Morra of a chance – he lost 9-1 and settled for third place. Since this event was true double elimination, John would have to defeat Devin twice to take the title. Ball after ball, game after game, John marched to a 9-3 victory in the first set. The final set was all John. Fans were treated to a world class exhibition of his pocketing skills and pinpoint position play – smooth as silk. Devin could only watch as his hopes for his first major title slipped away – 9-2. John was a gracious winner and Devin accepted his defeat with class. Congratulations to both men for a great tournament!

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Villarreal Unbeaten in her Return to the Texas Open Women’s Division (32 players); $75 entry; $2000 added. After missing last year’s tournament, Vivian Villarreal returned focused on taking back the championship. Vivian dominated the competition throughout the winner’s bracket to win her fifth Texas Open 9-Ball Championship title. The women’s event drew 32 players including defending champion Ricki Casper and Vivian Villarreal – multiple Texas Open champ who won it the four years previous. One notable match in first round action pitted Ricki against veteran Julie (Mason) Comitini. Julie dominated the McDermott 9 Ball Tour and other ladies’ events back in the ‘90s. However, Ricki was determined to defend her title and Julie was just in her way. Next round, however, Ricki ran into the Texas Tornado and was sent packing to the west side of the chart. After missing last year’s tournament, Vivian Villarreal returned focused on taking back the championship. Vivian dominated the competition throughout the winner’s bracket to win her fifth Texas Open 9-Ball Championship title. Villarreal stormed through to the hot seat where she faced Jennifer Yo. A 7-1 semifinal score locked up Vivian’s seat in the finals and Jennifer went west to await the results of the Autumn Duncan and Jennifer Kraber match. Autumn prevailed leaving Jennifer K. in fourth place. Looking for another crack at Vivian, Yo got it - leaving Autumn with a third-place finish. The final match was all Vivian as she roared through the finals 7-3 to reclaim her title. Congratulations, girl! Jennifer Yo played a great event in claiming a runner-up finish. Good tournament, Jennifer!

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Scotch Doubles (14 teams): $125 entry; $1000 added. Thursday saw the Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles kick off. There were plenty of talented duos – 14 to be exact but when it was over, Jennifer Kraber and James Davis Sr. defeated Omar Al-Shaheen and Ricki Casper for this year’s title. Congratulations, Jennifer & James! Great event, Omar & Ricki! Good shooting!

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WOW!!! What a great event!!! As usual, John and Sue Cielo, owners of Skinny Bob’s Billiards, and their fabulous staff, treated players and fans alike to a fantastic weekend. In addition to playing his way to a very respectable third place finish, Tournament Director James Davis Sr. – ably assisted by Kay Watson, John Palmore and Elijah Hughes – kept the event running smoothly. Hmmmm…. wonder how James might’ve done if he didn’t have all the distractions of running such a huge event!!! Special sponsors of the tournament were James Hanshew Cues, Honest Air and Mints Amusements. Thanks for a great event.

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Garland Clenches FirstGulf Coast Tour Title Payouts 1st $200 Teresa Garland (above right) 2nd $80 Cindy Cole (above left) Teresa Garland, aka the “Princess of Pool”, went undefeated to win her first Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour 9-ball event. Garland faced off with Dallas’ Cindy Cole, defeating her in the first set of the true double elimination final, 7-4. On August 26th, 2017, wind and rain pummeled the Houston area, remnants then of the now infamous, Hurricane Harvey. Still, ladies drove in from Houston, Dallas, and League City, while the newest player on tour, Holly Feher, flew in, all the way from Wellsberg, West Virginia. The tour would like to thank all the players who attended, along with Bogies West, and tour sponsors, Cyclop Pool Balls Facebook.com/CyclopPoolBalls, Ozone Billiards, APA of North Harris County, Outsville Billiards, and Jimmy Jenkins Realty, for their continued support. Tournament action kicked off around noun, witnessing Teresa Garland work her way through the winners’ side with victories over Tanyia Chuites, 7-5, and Cindy Cole, 7-1, while Loretta Lindgren defeated Joyce Davis and Holly Feher, by the same score, 7-5. On the west side, after losing her first match to Cole, 7-5, Liz Mitchel eliminated Chuites, 7-1, but was sent home by Feher, 7-4. Following a first round loss to Lindgren, Davis was eliminated by Cole, 7-5. Back on the east side, there was a battle taking place for the hot seat. Lindgren and Garland fought for every shot, but it would be Garland who pulled ahead to end the feud, 7-4. On the one loss side, Cole took out Feher, 7-5, and slid by Lindgren, 7-6. After suffering a second-round loss at the hands of Garland, 7-5, she had earned herself a shot at redemption. The finals kicked off with two, very determined players, both focused

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Teresa Garland on winning their first Gulf Coast Tour event. On this day, Garland’s game proved too much for Cole, as the “Princess of Pool” took the lead, and the first set of the true double elimination final, 7-4. Congratulations to Teresa Garland on capturing her first Gulf Coast Tour title, and Cindy Cole on achieving her best Gulf Coast Tour finish to date. Finally, the tour would like to recognize Joyce Davis, who recently secured her first sponsor, Continental Roofing of Houston, Texas. Owners Nick and Mandy Hood are thrilled about the new relationship. “Joyce is someone we thought would do a great job representing, and spreading the word about our business. She’s full of energy and personality, a real people person, and for us, that’s a great fit”, says Mandy Hood. The Gulf Coast Tour would like to congratulate Ms. Davis on this accomplishment, and commend Continental Roofing for their support. The next Gulf Coast Tour 9-ball event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, 3040 FM 1960 E., in Houston, Texas. This event will be played on 9’ tables with Cyclop Pool Balls. Free practice begins at 10am, and the mandatory players’ meeting begins at 11am. For more information about the WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour, visit GulfCoastWomensTour.com. Article and Photos by: Kim Newsom

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Will Felder Information/Photos Courtesy of: Kim Newsome Will Felder took down the Poison Lone Star Billiard Tour’s amateur 9-ball division, winning his first amateur title since 2013, while Manny Chau secured his third open division win this year. Felder faced off with Brian Rosenbaum, losing the first set of the true, double elimination final, 5-4. Following a first round loss, Rosenbaum came back to win an astounding eight matches to meet Felder in the finals. In the second set, Felder overcame Rosenbaum, ending his streak, and clenching the division, 5-4. In the open 9-ball division, Manny Chau took a third-round hit, and won eight in a row to meet hot seat winner, Chase Rudder, in the finals. Chau overcome Rudder in both sets, by the same score, 7-2. On Saturday, August 26th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey’s torrential downpours inundated the Houston area. Due to the potential for flooding, this Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour event was concluded in one day, instead of its customary two days, to ensure players

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Brian Resenbaum & Will Felder would not have to brave flood waters on Sunday. Bogies West in Houston, Texas, hosted another first-rate event, along with tour title sponsor Poison by Predator Cues, and sponsors Cyclop Pool Balls, Ozone Billiards, APA of North Harris County, OutsvilleBilliards.com, and Realtor Jimmy Jenkins. As the winds kicked up on Saturday, the amateur and open 9-ball divisions kicked-off. In the amateur 9-ball division, Felder fended off Brian Humphrey, Pablo Trinidad, 5-1, and newcomer Foots Ferguson, 5-1, while Lake Jackson’s Jason Galetka ousted Randy King, C.J. Escalera, 5-1, and Chuck Adams, 5-4. Sonny Bosshamer bested James Costello, Jerry Cook, 5-4, and David Chow, while J.C. Torres sought to defend his title, blazing through Shelby Green, Viet Do, 5-3, and Alan Myers, 5-3. As the final four on the winners’ side took shape, the one loss side was full steam ahead. Brian Rosenbaum took a first round hit, and came back to win eight matches, securing wins over Cook, 5-1, Alan Martin, 5-0, and Ferguson, 5-0. Myers eliminated James Costello, 5-2, Green

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overcame Chow, and Rivera eliminated Adams, rounding out the final four players on the one loss side. On the winners’ side, Torres made quick work of Bosshamer, 5-1, while Felder slid by Galetka, 5-4. On the west side, Rosenbaum booked his third 5-0 victory over Rivera, then ended Bosshamer, 5-4. Myers defeated Green, 5-3, but fell to Galetka, 5-4. East side action witnessed Felder secure the hot seat over Torres, 5-3. Rosenbaum made his way to the finish line, eliminating Galetka and Torres, by the same score, 5-4. Felder prepared for what he knew was going to be a tough battle. Rosenbaum added an eighth notch to his tournament belt, besting Felder in the first set, 5-4. A resilient Felder stepped back up to the plate, and came with it, ending Rosenbaum’s Amateur Division 1st $475/$225 2nd $300/$175 3rd $175 4th $90

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Manny Chau & Chase Rudder run, 5-4. Congratulations to Will Felder on another long-awaited title! In the open 9-ball division, Chase Rudder was on his way, logging wins over Will Felder, 7-2, and J.C. Torres, 7-0, while Waco’s Doug Young overwhelmed Jason Galetka, 7-2, and Foots Ferguson, 7-1. Brian Rosenbaum defeated Brian Humphrey and David Chow by the same score, 7-5, while Ernesto Bayaua hit Erik Renteria, 7-2, Manny Chau, and Alan Myers, 7-4, finalizing the final four on the winners’ side. Following a second-round blow at the hands of Bayaua, Chau came back to win a total of eight matches, including wins over Viet Do, 7-1, and J.C. Torres, 7-1. After a first round upset at the hands of J.C. Torres, Richie Richeson came back to win three in a row, eliminating Shelby Green, 7-6, Humphrey, 7-2, and Ferguson, 7-3. Felder made a run, taking out Marcus Flores, 7-6, and Alan Myers, 7-6, while Tom Rehm powered through Erik Renteria, C.J. Escalera, 7-4, and David Chow. Down to the final eight, on the winners’ side, it was Rudder over Young, 7-3, and Bayaua over Rosenbaum, 7-4. Rudder went on to

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defeat Bayaua for the hot seat, 7-2. On the one loss side, Chau rolled over Richeson, 7-0, and Rosenbaum, 7-1. Felder ended Rehm, 7-6, but fell to Young, 7-5. Chau overcame Young, and Bayaua, 7-0, to meet Rudder in the finals. Needless to say, Chau was on fire, blasting through Rudder the first set, 7-2. In the second set, Chau soared to the finish line, 7-2. Open Division 1st $465/$465 2nd $300/$235 3rd $165 4th $80

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(Houston), Skinny Bob’s Billiards (Round Rock), and brand-new venues, Fat Racks Sports Bar and Billiards (San Antonio), and CK Billiards (Dallas). Without the nearly 300 players who attend Poison Lone Star Tour events, annually, production of this tour would not be possible. The tour would like to thank each and every player for their participation, whether it’s one event, or every event year-round. It is because of your patronage, that the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour celebrates its 9th birthday this year, serving players across Texas and in surrounding states. The tour welcomes everyone back for the next event, to be held on September 30th-October 1st, at Bogies Billiards, 3040 FM 1960 E., in Houston, Texas. The full 2017 schedule is published at LoneStarBilliardsTour.com. The Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour encourages everyone who loves to play pool and compete in a friendly atmosphere, to attend an event. “Like” us on Facebook @LoneStarTour and “Follow” us on Twitter @LoneStarTour09.

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MORRA TAKES HOUSTON OPEN!!! JOHN MORRA

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Even a battering by Hurricane Harvey couldn’t keep the 27th Annual Houston 9-Ball Open down! Legends Billiards owners Craig and Mindy Cohen were determined to host their event and what an event it was! 82 players came to League City, TX for the last Mosconi Cup points event on September 9-10, 2017. $8500 guaranteed was added.

After losing to Bayaua in the fifth round & knocking off a few tough opponents on the west side like Tokoph, Omar Al Shaheen and Richeson, Kenneth Price found himself against another tough one – Roberto Gomez. Price’s march to the title was ended there as Roberto moved on to face Morra in a fight for the other slot in the finals. Kenneth finished in the fourth-place spot.

On a roll as of late, John Morra was in the mix along with other stars of the game such as Josh Roberts, Corey Deuel, Jeremy Jones, Richie Richeson, Cliff Joyner, Omar Al-Shaheen and Roberto Gomez. Others including regional favorites like James Davis Jr., Tommy Tokoph, Ernesto Bayaua, Manny Perez, Dennis Strickland, Chase Rudder and Manny Chau joined the fray as well.

The match started out as a close one but as time wore on, John started pulling away and closed out the match leaving Roberto in third place. As this was a true double elimination event, John Morra would have to defeat Manny Chau twice for the title. The first match saw John win 9-2 forcing a final race to 7 for the title. The second match was all John as he smoked a disappointed Manny 7-0. Great job, Manny for a fine event! Congratulations to John for a stellar performance!

After a player auction, the matches began. The game was 9-Ball, played on oversized 8 footers – race to 9 on the winners’ side, race to 7 for the losers and alternate break. Second round action saw one pocket specialist Richie Richeson take on One Pocket Hall of Famer Cliff Joyner with the always-in-action Richie taking the match. Third round action pitted Omar Al Shaheen against James Davis Jr. with Omar marking the win. Young gun Tommy Tokoph ran into a buzz saw named John Morra – John sent Tommy west. More third round action saw Filipino star Roberto Gomez duke it out with local Houston favorite, Manny Chau. Manny sent Superman packing too. Next match for Manny – former US Open champ, Jeremy Jones. Manny was a man on a mission as he dispatched JJ west too. Meanwhile, local favorite Richeson was quietly dismantling his opponents to arrive in the final four on the winner’s side. However, Chau sent him to the other side also - locking Manny into a berth in the hot seat match. The other match saw the very tough Morra take out another Houston favorite, Ernesto Bayaua. The hot seat match began with Morra arriving at the hill first – 8-6. Chau’s determination paid off as he ticked off three in a row to emerge from the match undefeated. A very disappointed Morra was forced to await his opponent for a seat in the finals.

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Many thanks to Jerry Olivier Custom Cues for being the title sponsor for this event! Thanks again to Mindy & Craig Cohen and their outstanding staff for taking such good care of all the players and fans. Mindy was also the Tournament Director, ably assisted by Ted Dean – great job! PoolActionTV.com, as always, would like to thank our fans and sponsors for another top-notch event. Our sponsors include Steve Lomax of Lomax Custom Cues, John Barton of JB Cases, James Hanshew of Hanshew Custom Cues, Mike Durbin of Durbin Custom Cues, Simonis, Aramith, GoPlayPool.com, Kamui and Club Billiards of Wichita, KS. 1st $3300 John Morra 2nd $2185 Manny Chau 3rd $1500 Roberto Gomez 4th $1095 Kenneth Price 5/6th $685 Ernesto Bayaua, Richie Richeson 7/8th $545 Omar Al Shaheen, Josh Roberts 9-12th $445 Tommy Tokoph, Chase Rudder, Jeremy Jones, Dennis Strickland 13-16th $340 James Davis Jr, Kevin Guimond, JC Torres, Alex Calderon 17-24th $150 Joey Torres, Eric Renteria, Aaron Springs, Corey Deuel, Pete Charles, Manny Perez, Hanni Alhowri, Dino Little

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BELINDA CALHOUN CROWNED CHAMP l to r: 3rd Tiffany Stidham, 1st Belinda Calhoun, 2nd Ashley Rice Tiger SMART gathered for the 2nd Annual Georgia State 9-Ball Championship at Rack & Grill II in Augusta, GA, September 16, 2017. Rack & Grill hosts two events a year and is also home to the very popular Monthly Tournament the first full weekend on each month. Chris Kuneman, owner, is always a fantastic host and Tiger SMART is so happy to have cultivated the relationship. Format was double elimination, one race to nine in the final. The event was full of exciting matches including: a hill-hill victory for Debbie Teichert over Marianne Merrill; Tiffany Stidham over Christy Miller 7-5; Tiffany Stidham over Palma “Rose” Kogan 7-5; and Lisa Cossette over Erica He 7-5. There were also some one-sided matches including Ashley Rice over Audra Mozee 7-1; Belinda Calhoun over Palma “Rose” Kogan 7-1; and Marianne Merrill over Erica He 7-1. Winner’s bracket final was won by Calhoun 7-4 over Ashley Rice while the one loss battle was won by Tiffany Stidham 7-4 over Lisa Cossette setting up the semifinal match between Stidham and Rice. Showing some signs of fatigue, Stidham

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From: Melinda Bailey - Omega Billiards Tour Abismo wins double elimination final to stop Gutierrez and go undefeated on Omega Billiards Tour. Back in June, after a somewhat protracted absence from the pool scene, Houston’s David Gutierrez returned to the fold, so to speak, to win the sixth stop on the Omega Billiard Tour, going undefeated through a field of 85. Two and a half months later, on the weekend of September 9-10, 2017, at the ninth stop on the tour, Gutierrez rebounded from a loss on the winners’ side to challenge Friday Abismo in a true double elimination final. They battled to double hill twice, with Gutierrez winning the first set and Abismo winning the second to claim the event title. The $1,700-added event drew 92 entrants to Speed’s Billiards & Games in Arlington, TX. Abismo navigated his way through five winners’ side matches against Jesse Wilcoxson, Kiengchay Phoutthavong, Mark Szabo, Viet My and Steve Raynes to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal match against Daniel Herring. Gutierrez, in the meantime, won three winners’ side matches, against James Thorpe, Robin Barbour and Tony Top before being sent to the loss side 5-5 by Charley Elders (Gutierrez racing to 9). Elders followed him over when he was defeated by Juan Parra, who moved into the other winners’ side semifinal against Denny Sneed. Abismo defeated Herring 7-2, as Sneed sent Parra west 7-1. Abismo claimed the hot seat 7-4 over Sneed and waited for Gutierrez to complete the seven-match, loss-side winning streak that would put him into the finals against Abismo. On the loss side, it was Parra who drew Gutierrez, four matches into his loss-side streak, having most recently downed Jersey Jack Lynch 9-5 and Oscar Araujo 9-3. Herring picked up Carl Bodeker, who’d been sent to the loss side by Sneed in a winners’ side quarterfinal and defeated Viet My 7-5 and Tony Sulsar 7-4.

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Abismo Double Dips to Edge out Gutierrez Gutierrez defeated Parra 9-4, and in the quarterfinals met up with Herring, who’d eliminated Bodeker 8-5. Gutierrez was gaining momentum at this juncture, and took the quarterfinal match 9-3 over Herring. He got his shot at Abismo in the hot seat with a 9-2 win over Sneed in the semifinals. Abismo was granted two games on the wire in each of the two matches against Gutierrez in races to 9 for the double elimination final. Both matches went double hill, with Gutierrez winning the opener 9-8. Abismo kept battling and took the second set 9-8 to claim the event title. Tour director Melinda Bailey thanked the ownership and staff at Speed’s for their hospitality, along with sponsors Michael Hoang of OMEGA Billiards Supply, FargoRate.com and OB Cues. Visit the Omega Billiards Tour website at omegabilliardstour.com. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th 7/8th 9-12th

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Team USA captain Johan Ruijsink has announced the five players who will make up his side and compete in the 24th annual Mosconi Cup which takes place from Monday to Thursday 4th to 7th December at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. With an eight-month period of qualification, Ruijsink selected five players from the top ten. They are: Shane Van Boening (South Dakota) Appearances: 10; Wins: 1; Matches: 60; Victories: 27. Dennis Hatch (New York) Appearances: 4; Wins: 1; Matches: 23; Victories: 11. Skyler Woodward (Kentucky) Appearances: 2; Wins: 0; Matches: 10; Victories: 5. Oscar Dominguez (California) Appearances: 1; Wins: 1; Matches: 6; Victories: 3 Billy Thorpe (Ohio) Debut Commented skipper Johan Ruijsink, “The players have been picked so congratulations to all of them. This group now faces the huge task of trying to bring

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back the Mosconi Cup to the home country of pool. We will push hard to make it happen. “For now, the process of selection is behind us and we need to go forward and I am grateful for all the support we have received so far. After seven losses in a row, we can’t be the favourites in this year’s Cup, but we will certainly give it everything that we’ve got. So, to Shane, Dennis, Billy, Oscar and Sky... let’s go! It’s time to get into fight mode and prepare on this quest. Luctor et emergo!” It is understood that Ruijsink will be taking his squad to Russia shortly to compete in the Kremlin Cup. The tournament runs from September 18-23 in Moscow. Then the team will heading to a secret location in Russia for an intensive training period. Tickets for the Mosconi Cup are available at mosconicup.com.

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ABN Dreamchallenge Team USA vs Team Russia!

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